Updated: 18 Jun 2022

Summer Painting Days programme for 2022

People in a garden painting

We have put together a programme of days from April through to September to meet up to paint or sketch outdoors at different locations. This is a great opportunity to join with friends, or wander off on your own to find the view that inspires you with other RGA members and friends nearby.

We like to get together at the end of the day to share our results, but the day is totally unstructured. All members and friends are welcome, there is no RGA charge. You are responsible for individual expenses such as admission fees and parking charges, if applicable.

Please bring along your own painting and drawing equipment and it's a good idea to bring your own refreshments, although some locations do have a café.

*Please keep checking the RGA website for any changes to venues or timings.* Message Shelagh Casebourne on 07798828673, Karen Spencer on 07709895274 or Kate Ellison-Bourne on 0773998613 if you have any queries about any of the locations and we'll do our best to answer them. Otherwise, we will be there to meet you at the suggested meeting place at 10.30am and will hang around for ten minutes or so before we head off to paint ourselves.

If you just want more information you can email


We've already enjoyed 3 wonderful days out, in April to Dinton Pastures, May to Harris Gardens and in June to Rotherfield Greys. Here is what's planned for the rest of the summer:

Artist gathered

Sat 16 July
Monks Pond Cottage
Monks Alley, Binfield RG4 5PA
10.30 – 4pm

Meet in the garden.

A magical walled garden and pond area, with toilet and accessible kitchen. The garden is very relaxed, with lots of features and seating areas, including a couple of garden structures which could provide shelter if it rains. You will need to bring a packed lunch.

There are 4 parking spaces outside the house itself and a field opposite which is owned by a neighbour which will be mown and made ready. Parking will be sign-posted.

Sketch of a flower boardergarden

Sat 13 August
Holybrook Linear Park
Beansheaf Community Centre, Calcot, Reading RG31 7AW
10.30 – 4pm

Meet at the Beansheaf Community Centre.

A beautiful green space in Calcot with woodland, river basin and meadow grassland. From Reading, follow the A4 towards Newbury. Upon entering Calcot, turn left onto Charrington Road, follow the sign for Linear Park. There is ample parking at Linear Park, but please note that the car park is locked at dusk.

You will need to bring your own lunch and refreshments. We will have a key to the public toilets in the park, but you are advised to bring your own loo paper and hand sanitiser! (Updated 15 Apr 2022)

Sketch of a garden

Sat 10 September
Fernygrove Farm
Hawthorn Lane, Hawthorn Hill, Bracknell RG42 6HN
10.30 – 4pm

Meet in the car park.

Another new venue for us. The farm shop, café and butchers at family run Fernygrove Farm provide a base with plenty of opportunities around the site and nearby tracks for interesting views to paint or sketch.

Toilet and café on site.


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